Weird and wonderful lighting designs from Milan Furniture Fair 2013

This year's Milan Furniture Fair 2013, aka Salon Del Mobile, was packed with beautiful interior inspiration. Each year the vast exhibition attracts designers and homeware brands from across the world, coming together in Milan to display their latest collections for the next season. ACHICA Living went along to take a look and scour the show for ideas (once we'd made it past the cute dog also admiring the stands and the Veuve Clicquot Champagne caravan outside the show that is. See below).

What really stood out at this year's show was the vast selection of innovative and magical lighting. Here's a run down of some of our favourite finds that have the now, and the wow, factor...


Germany-based company frauMaier was showcasing its dreamy range of rainbow-coloured lighting. Grouping lighting pendants in a 'cluster' (as shown above) seems to be a popular trend in lighting design right now with similar treatments echoed throughout the show. frauMaier's Fat Sophie and Slim Sophie lamps stood out due to their palette of 12 pop colours.

The Tidelight lamps by Pierre Favresse for Petite Friture are as equally enchanting (pictured below). The design was inspired by the 'codes used in the car industry' and the result is a beautiful curvaceous shape that looks very tactile.

These bottle-shaped JAR RGB pendant lights (below) are by Paris-based artist Ank Levy for Lasvit and are as elegant as they are colourful.

Secto Design Oy is a Finnish company specialising in wooden designer lamps. These energetic designs (below) are made from stunning birchwood materials and would add vavavoom too a room.

There was also some stunning lighting designs on display at the Lightworks exhibition sponsored by Belid (pictured below). A concept that was created in 2005 but which is still making an impact is the Sense Lightswing by Alexander Lervik. The seat of the swing is made from transparent acrylic and is lit from within by a strip of LEDs. You could easily gaze in awe at it for quite a while.

The fibre optic and LED Medusa pendants by Phikko Paakkanen for Helsinki Lighthouse were also eye-catching as they retracted in and out. You can see them in their various forms, mid transformation below.

La Lumiere au Chocolat by Alexander Lervik - a table lamp made of chocolate - also had to be seen to be believed. When you turn on the lamp it's completely dark and as the chocolate melts into the surrounding tray the light starts to appear. It takes about 15 minutes for the chocolate to melt and it then solidifies into chunks. How's that for an after-dinner party trick?

We fell in love with the new Pharaoh pendants by Hulger for Light Years (pictured at the top of this post and below). The pendant is made of injection-moulded ABS plastic and metal and comes with a Plumen 001 light source, which you can see when the light is on and which is hidden when the light is off. It's ideal for those who love the design of the Plumen bulb but find it a little too bright exposed on its own.

Oversized lighting designs such as the Anglepoise Giant 1227 lamps are making a statement as seen below in pretty warm beige, pebble white and duck egg blue. We love the bright green, yellow and red finishes in this design classic too.

The Tuareg lamp by Ferruccio Laviani and the Lake Lights by Paolo Lucidi & Luca Pevere, all for Foscarini, were unusual designs that stood out as artworks of their own, as did the Cloudy pendants by Mathieu Lehanneur (see below).

And finally the Northern Lighting Co. showcased unique designs that made us stop and stare (below). The Plank Light by Frida Ottemo Froberg and Marie Louise Gustafsson is made out of treated raw wood and features dimmable LED lights between the planks, while the exploding Scheisse lamp that exposes a classic bulb lamp is a comment on the fact that the ice caps are melting because of our carelessness when it comes to efficiency and lighting. On a lighter note, the slinky wooden laminated floor lamp by Peter Natedal and Thomas Kalvatn Egset is called the Diva because it 'is showing off and takes up a lot of space!'

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Emily Peck, Editor

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